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Got GARLIC? Morgan’s in the Desert Does!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Garlic Festival Tasting Menu at Morgan’s in La Quinta

 

 

Morgan’s in the Desert Garlic Festival!


If you love garlic as much as I do… you may want to check out the “Garlic Festival” tasting menu at Morgan’s at the La Quinta Resort in La Quinta!  Now thru July 27th!



Garlic Festival Tasting Menu

* Monviso Garlic Tart
Caramelized Shallots, Parmesan & Almond Crusted
Topped with Wild Arugula & Meyer Lemon Emulsion

* Roasted Loin of Lamb
Sweet Garlic, Eggplant and Tomato Tian
Spiced Syrah Essence & Basil Oil

* Poached Garlic & Ginger Ice Cream
Curried Pecans & Lemon Scented Garlic
Caramel & Crispy Ginger

$38 Per Person Plus Tax & Gratuity

 

Morgan’s in the Desert

49499 Eisenhower Drive

La Quinta, CA 92253

760-564-7600

 

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Palm Springs Restaurant Week Giveaway– Eat. See. Stay.

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Palm Springs Restaurant Week 2012

10 Days of Delicious Dining in the Desert 

The Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week Association, Inc. announces the fifth installment of Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, taking place June 1-10, 2012, throughout the Coachella Valley.

Featuring dining deals, exclusive hotel packages, and special rates at area attractions, the Restaurant Week’s signature “Eat. See. Stay.” experience provides guests with a unique opportunity to explore Palm Springs and its neighboring communities.

More than 100 local businesses will be participating this spring, including lauded newcomers Augusta in Palm Desert, THE SPRING Resort & Spa in Desert Hot Springs, and Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City, as well as Restaurant Week favorites, such as The Tropicale in Palm SpringsThe Nest in Indian Wells, Okura Robata Grill in La QuintaJackalope Ranch in Indio, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs Follies, and Desert Adventures—Red Jeep Tours in Palm Desert. For more information and a full list of participating businesses, visitwww.palmspringsrestaurantweek.com.

Throughout the 10-day event, diners can choose from three-course, prix fixe menus, available for $24 or $36 per person, at over 65 participating restaurants in Indio, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and Cathedral City. These value-driven menus enable restaurants to showcase their signature dishes and allow food lovers to explore the diversity of restaurants in the Coachella Valley. Rounding out the “Eat. See. Stay” experience and providing a unique component to the Restaurant Week, select hotels and area attractions—from golf courses to water parks and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—are offering special rates and perks available exclusively during Restaurant Week.

Enter here to WIN Palm Springs Restaurant Weeks Ultimate Giveaway!  

 

WIN one of the following ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES:

 

  • ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE 1: Dinner for 2 at The Venue Sushi & Sake Lounge, Tickets for 2 to The Living Desert and a 2-Night Stay at Inn at Deep Canyon
  • ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE 2: Dinner for 2 at Vicky’s of Santa Fe, 2 Tickets to Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tour and a 2-Night Stay in a Double Occupancy 1-Bedroom Suite at The Indian Wells Resort
  • ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE 3: Dinner for 2 at San Jacinto Restaurant Mission Lakes, 2 Tickets to Knott’s Soak City and a 1-Night Stay for 2 at Hacienda Hot Springs Inn

 

     If you are looking for a great real estate agent in the Palm Springs area… let me  one for you! 

                                                        

Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta     

 SchoweProperties.com☼ KathySchowe.comLivetheDesertlife.com 

         

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Coffee Ice Cream lover? Try this Espresso Chocolate Gelato!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Espresso Gelato with Dark Chocolate Chunks

Espresso Gelato with Dark Chocolate Chunks

* I made this gelato and tried some before bed… it is delicious… but it did keep me awake!

espresso gelato with dark chocolate chunks!

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 shots espresso
  • 1/2 cup ground espresso beans
  • 2 cups chopped dark chocolate

In a saucepan combine the milk, cream, and 1/3 cup sugar over medium heat. Cook until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whip the egg yolks with the remaining sugar using an electric mixer until the eggs have become thick and pale yellow, about 4 minutes. This can also be whipped by hand.

Pour 1/2 cup of the warm milk and cream mixture into the egg mixture and stir. Add this mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 10 minutes.

Place a strainer over a medium bowl and pour the warm custard mixture through the strainer. Stir in the espresso and espresso grounds. Stir in the chopped chocolate. Chill mixture completely before pouring into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions to freeze.

Yields 1 quart

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Best Cheap Eats in the Desert!

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Best Cheap Eats in the Desert… Under $10 !

13 Dishes in the Desert Under $10

Delicious, inexpensive dishes in the desert!

A homemade tamale from Las Casuelas TerrazaA homemade tamale from Las Casuelas TerrazaLAS CASUELAS TERRAZA

Whether you stop in for Happy Hour… an early dinner, or even lunch…You don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat well in the Coachella Valley. Sometimes it’s merely a matter of timing. The following restaurants offer great dishes for $10 and less. Enjoy!

West Valley

Cheeky’s Palm Springs

Cheeky’s knows how to do breakfast and lunch… and they do it well!  Dine inside, or outside on a charming patio.  Buttermilk & fresh corn pacakes $ bacon $9. Fresh grilled cod tacos with cabbage slaw, spicy aoli, tomato $9.  Yam sandwich with feta, cilatro, red onion, tomato and mayo $8.

622 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs  760-327-7595  www.cheekysps.com

 

Trio Restaurant  

An energetic, desert-casual atmosphere with great American modern food at reasonable prices. Lunch daily, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner 4 p.m. Open seven nights a week, offering Wisconsin artisan cheese plate, $9; country paté, $9; hand-breaded calamari, $9; white bean hummus with crostini, $7.
707 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.
760-864-8746;
www.triopalmsprings.com

Escena Lounge & Grill
Enjoy half-priced appetizers and drink specials in designated bar areas from 3 p.m. until closing. Happy hour prices: beer-battered onion ring tower, $3.50; lobster ravioli and shrimp, $4.50; Escena nachos, $5.50; blackened ahi tuna, $6.50.
Escena Golf Club, 1100 Clubhouse View Dr., Palm Springs.
760-992-0002;
www.escenagolf.com

Three Sixty North
Offers specialty cocktails, fine wines, and an enticing selection of appetizers and small plates. Happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., with Nick’s Angus beef sliders, $5; flour tortilla chicken quesadilla, $8; Margherita pizza with fresh basil and tomatoes, $8.
360 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs.
760-327-1773;
www.threesixtynorth.com

Las Casuelas Terraza
Serving timeless, traditional Mexican food in an environment perfect for the whole family or single folks who just want to unwind. Homemade tamales, $8.95; guacamole especial, $9.95; black bean pizza with grilled chicken, $8.95; quesadilla Terraza, $9.95.
222 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.
760-325-2794;
www.lascasuelas.com

Midvalley

George’s Bar & Grill (and insults!)

George’s in Cathedral City has been serving up tasty burgers for over 20 years… it is the perfect dive-burger-bar.  All prices under $10… just don’t ask for ketchup on your burger… but you can put it on your fries!

68885 Ramon Rd
Cathedral City, CA 92234

(760) 328-9991

The Yard House
Half-priced appetizers during happy hour, Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., and Sunday through Wednesday, 10 p.m. to closing. Happy hour prices: lobster, crab & artichoke dip, $5.33; Hawaiian poke stack, $5.93; grilled sweet Korean barbecue beef, $6.43; grilled artichoke, $4.93.
71800 Hwy. 111, The River at Rancho Mirage, Rancho Mirage.
760-779-1415;
www.yardhouse.com

Enoteca Bar at Mamma Gina Ristorante
Touted as one of the desert’s best deals serving premium wines, cocktails, and food at happy hour prices Monday through Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to close. Great dishes under $10 include bruschetta classic (tomato,  garlic, and basil on toasted bread), $5; salsicce pepronata (pork sausages with bell peppers), $5.90; gamberi spiedino (shrimp skewer on sautéed spinach), $6.90; cannelloni Fiorentina (crepes stuffed with ricotta cheese), $5.
73705 El Paseo, Palm Desert.
760-568-9898;
www.mammagina.com

The 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro
The 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro has made eating out fun again. Its living wine list, fine food, and affordable pricing combine to create an ideal dine and wine shopping experience. Olive sampler, $6; house salad with olives and tomatoes, $6; duck confit and truffle flatbread pizza, $10; 3rd Corner hamburger, $10; smoked ham sandwich, $10.
73101 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert.
760-837-9600;
www.the3rdcorner.com

East Valley

Cliffhouse Grill & Bar
Carved into craggy granite outcroppings, Cliffhouse and Cactus Grill features a popular happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily (and all night Sunday). $10-and-under delights include cheeseburger, $7; Coachella Valley burger (American cheese, dates, jalapeño), $8; seared ahi sandwich, $10; grilled salmon salad, $10; Cactus Grill penne, $8; Cabo-style fish taco, $5.
78250 Hwy. 111, Point Happy, La Quinta.
760-360-5991;
www.laquintacliffhouse.com

Hog’s Breath Inn La Quinta
A younger offshoot of the famous Carmel restaurant, the Desert Hog in Old Town La Quinta offers indoor and outdoor dining with second-story views of the nearby Santa Rosa Mountains. The lively saloon is a popular gathering spot with happy hour from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Crispy calamari, $10; ahi tuna poke, $10; mushroom ravioli with smoked mozzarella and marinara, $10; prosciutto-wrapped dates, $7; iceberg wedge salad, $6.
78605 Main St., Second Floor, Old Town Carmel Building, La Quinta.
760-564-5556;
www.restaurantsofpalmsprings.com 

Alkobar Indio  

Alkobar is the best spot in the valley for Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches… and now they offer sushi as well!  A strange combination… but a winner for sure! Almost all menu items under $10.00.

82590 US Hwy 111 Indio, CA 92203 (760) 347-6235

 

 The Wine Bar in Old Town La Quinta

The Wine Bar in Old Town is a fun, casual, comfortable place– where you can sit outside on the patio and watch people… or even enjoy a cigar!  Menu items include flatbread individual pizzas, paninis, salads and soup.  Even a cupcake sampler for dessert!  Most items under $10.  The best deal is that they offer NO CORKAGE for bottle purchased in the wine store!

www.thewinebaratoldtown.com


     If you are looking for a great real estate agent in the Palm Springs area… let me  one for you! 

                                                        

Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

Intero Real Estate Services in Old Town La Quinta     

 SchoweProperties.com☼ KathySchowe.comLivetheDesertlife.com 

         

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American Dream? Homeowner Satisfaction Survey Results

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Is the American Dream alive and well? Are Homeowners satisfied?

Is the American dream alive and well?  Are Homeowners satisfied?

 

According to the recently released results of the the 201 National Homeowners Satisfaction Survey from HomeGain– the survey revealed that 72% of surveyed homeowners are satisfied  with owning a house.  26% were dissatisfied… and mostly because of home depreciation.

People from the northeast were the highest at 77%… midwest the lowest at 68% by region.

Surprising to me those who had purchased a short sale were the most satisified of all at 83%… perhaps the  arduous process creates the feeling of “winning”!

 

The least satisfied homeowners wer the 18-25 age group, coming in at 45%, the only group to have a satisfaction rate less than 50%.  Perhaps these younger homeowners have unrealistic expectations when purchasing their home… also– they have purchased in a down market, and have yet to experience the appreciation in their home that more experienced buyers have encountered.

 

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Taste of La Quinta– Great Food & Wine Event!

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Taste of La Quinta 2012 !

Taste of La QuintaTaste of LQ 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Old Town La Quinta Event Lawn  

 

We had so much fun the last two years at this amazing food + wine + beer event in Old Town La Quinta!  The food is incredible, the people watching is fascinating and the music keeps you movin’ !!

 

The La Quinta Chamber of Commerce hosts the 3rd Annual “Taste of La Quinta” on Saturday, March 17th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the Old Town La Quinta Event Lawn.

 

Attendees can purchase a block of tickets to sample food from more than 20 participating La Quinta restaurants and taste from a selection of over 50 wines. There will be live entertainment to enjoy and a large, limited edition commemorative wine glass is included with the wine tasting!

Tickets sell out fast for this delicious, fun-filled event. Get your advanced tickets today by calling 760-564-3199.  www.lqchamber.com; Click here to see flyer!

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Arnold Palmer’s 80th Birthday in La Quinta!

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Arnold_Palmer_173382We celebrated Arnie’s 80th in La Quinta at Palmer’s Restaurant!

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